germ cell

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noun Biology.

the sexual reproductive cell at any stage from the primordial cell to the mature gamete.

Origin of germ cell

First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for germ cell

germ cell


noun

a sexual reproductive cell; gameteCompare somatic cell
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Medicine definitions for germ cell

germ cell


n.

An ovum or a sperm cell or one of their developmental precursors.sex cell
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Science definitions for germ cell

germ cell


One of the diploid cells in the reproductive organs of a multicellular organism that undergo division and are the precursors of haploid gametes, such as a spermatogonium or oogonium.
See gamete.
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